Bohemian Classical Music Composers – Smetana & Dvořák – podcast with Czech pianist Tomáš Hostýnek

Tomáš Hostýnek is here again to share his insights from the world of Czech classical music. In this podcast we are mainly focusing on 2 most famous Czech composers – Antonín Dvořák and Bedřich Smetana. You will learn their life stories and also about Czech musical festivals dedicated to their legacy (Smetanova Litomyšl & Dvořákova Praha & Smetanovské dny). 

We will be also mentioning less known Czech composers such as Jindřich Jindřich or Emil Axman. 

And don’t forget to Czech Tomáš‘ channel where you can listen to his interpretations of some of the Czech masterpieces: https://www.youtube.com/user/RhadeQQ/videos

Enjoy!

Czech Kate
Bohemian Classical Music Composers - Smetana & Dvořák - podcast with Czech pianist Tomáš Hostýnek
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I wasn’t ready for the inappropriate Czech humour, says Dr. Adnan Mazari, Pakistani lecturer at TUL

Ing. Adnan Mazari, PhD., originally from Pakistan, came to the Czech Republic in the year of 2008 to study a Master’s Degree in Liberec. As he was an excellent student, he continued in pursuing an academic career and currently works as a lecturer in the Department of Clothing, Faculty of Textile Engineering, Technical University of Liberec. 

Why did he choose the Czech Republic? What were the initial cultural shocks? What does he think about the Czech black humour? What does he like and dislike about life in Czechia? This and more questions Dr. Mazari kindly answered and you can look forward to this talk about the experience of a foreigner living in the Czech Republic.

Enjoy!

P. S. Here is a link to Adnan’s YT channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC268J5djYB5QI9BqBdp-fBA

Czech Kate
I wasn't ready for the inappropriate Czech humour, says Dr. Adnan Mazari, Pakistani lecturer at TUL
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Don’t eat fish on the New Year’s Day in Czechia and other Czech New Year’s traditions & celebrations

The end of the year is slowly approaching and so it is the right time to explain to you a bit about Czech celebration on the New Year’s Eve (we call this evening „Silvestr“) and about what follows on the New Year’s Day.

You will learn about the popular snacks for the New Year’s Eve and also about the traditions such as what you should or shouldn’t eat, so that the next year is good. And I will also mention some lucky charms that are popular around this time in the Czech Republic.

Wishing you a lovely year’s end celebration and all the best for the next year! P. F. 2021! And don’t forget „Jak na Nový rok, tak po celý rok!“ 🙂

P. S. And if you haven’t done so yet, don’t forget to check also the YT channel.

Czech Kate
Don't eat fish on the New Year's Day in Czechia and other Czech New Year's traditions & celebrations
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The Golden Pig and other Czech Christmas traditions – Podcast about Czech Culture

Ahoj, hello! Are you interested in Czech culture or are you a foreigner living in Czechia wondering what happens in Czech families during Christmas? Then is this podcast just for you.

You will learn about the Czech Golden Pig, carp and chocolate Christmas tree ornaments and even a bit more. 

Enjoy and Merry Christmas – Veselé Vánoce!

See you around!

Czech Kate
The Golden Pig and other Czech Christmas traditions - Podcast about Czech Culture
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I fell in love with the Czech Republic because of the Weather, says ex-Californian Michael G. Maurer

Michael G. Maurer is an American who studied high-school in Texas and then moved to California to pursue his film-making dreams. And maybe he would be still living in L. A., if there wouldn’t be a lucky coincidence of him meeting his future wife Markéta, a Czech from a city of Pilsen.

Michael is now living in Bohemia for more than a decade and he will share with you his insights from an American-Expat point of view. He has also many interesting stories from his travels around the world and from the movie industry (f. e. Spider-Man, Legally Blond 2,…), so you can look forward to hearing about that as well.

Enjoy!

Czech Kate
I fell in love with the Czech Republic because of the Weather, says ex-Californian Michael G. Maurer
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Czech Advent and other pre-Christmas traditions in Czechia (Podcast about Czech culture)

Ahoj! Hello! Today it will be slightly different episode – the advent season is here and if you are living in the Czech Republic or if you are interested in Czech culture, you should know about the traditions that are usually taking place in the time of 4 weeks (Sundays) before Christmas.

In todays episode I’ll be talking about the Christmas Wrath, St. Nicholas, Christmas markets, Czech Christmas cookies, Peace Light of Bethlehem and other tiny peaces of Czech culture that are related to the pre-Christmas time.

It was obviously not that easy to get the illustration pictures for these in the current situation but thanks to the help of my friends (special thanks goes to Lucka, Hanka and Jirka :-)), I was able to get together photos from Czechia, Germany and Austria.

I hope that you will enjoy the podcast!

Czech Kate
Czech Advent and other pre-Christmas traditions in Czechia (Podcast about Czech culture)
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The Czech Start-up scene is currently growing, says Isabell Mayrhofer, an Austrian living in Prague

Isabell Mayrhofer decided early on that she would like to see the world. So far she has lived abroad for nearly 15 years now (USA, Germany, United Kingdom, Singapore, France). She is currently living in Prague and working for a Start-up Live Penalty which focuses on the development of a mobile game combining the real and the virtual world of football. 

Previously she has been working for another Czech Start-up (Automobilist), so you can take a peek inside this booming Prague scene. 

Before her Czech Start-up career, she has been working in the film industry in Hollywood, so you can look forward to stories from this part of the world. And of course, we talked also about the similarities between the Czech and the Austrian culture (especially when it comes to food :-)).

Enjoy!

P. S. You can check more about the mentioned Start-ups here: https://www.livepenalty.com/ 

https://automobilist.com/

Czech Kate
The Czech Start-up scene is currently growing, says Isabell Mayrhofer, an Austrian living in Prague
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Prague can be European Silicon Valley, says Mehmet Ekmekçi, Turkish Game Developer living in Czechia

Mehmet Ekmekçi came to Czechia to study at ČVUT. What was his Czech University experience? What did he know about the Czech Republic before coming here? What does he think about the Czech gaming industry and what’s his favorite Czech game?

You will find the answers in the podcast and even a bit more. 🙂

Enjoy!

P. S. You can learn more about Mehmet here: https://mekmekci.carbonmade.com/

Czech Kate
Prague can be European Silicon Valley, says Mehmet Ekmekçi, Turkish Game Developer living in Czechia
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I like that there is nothing to worry about in Czechia, says Vietnamese-Czech journalist Viet Tran

The Vietnamese are the third biggest group of foreigners living in the Czech Republic. If you’re surprised by that fact, you can check my previous podcast with an explanation of a bit of a Czech-Vietnamese history.

Currently, there is already a new generation of Vietnamese-Czechs who were born in Czechia. What is it like to live as an Asian looking person in a central European country? Is it a good idea for Asians to move to the Czech Republic? Where should you go if you are planning a trip to the Czech Republic and you would like to see a bit of Vietnamese community life?

Viet Tran, a Czech journalist living in Prague answers these questions. And as he is also a Moravian he adds few tips for foreigners wanting to see this part of Czechia. Viet is also a gaming journalist, so you can look forward to a brief introduction to the world of Czech games and he also adds few tips when it comes to Czech movies and food.

Enjoy!

P. S. Mentioned Czech words: Postřižiny, Spalovač mrtvol, špička, větrník, Kroměříž, Brno, Olomouc

Czech Kate
I like that there is nothing to worry about in Czechia, says Vietnamese-Czech journalist Viet Tran
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I really like Czech traditions, except for 2, says Richard Savage, Briton living in Czechia

Richard Savage is an English lecturer, musician, and voice artist, who has been living in the Czech Republic for almost 20 years. 

I couldn’t resist to ask him some crucial Czech questions like:

What did he know about Czechia before moving here?

Was he afraid to move to a post-communistic country?

How does he handle black Czech humor?

What does he think about Czech traditions?

What about Jára Cimrman?

And some more. And Richard was kind to answer them all 😀

Enjoy!

P. S. Here is a link to Richard’s website: https://www.richardsavagevoice.com/

Czech Kate
I really like Czech traditions, except for 2, says Richard Savage, Briton living in Czechia
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